If you spend your days staring at a screen, it can impact all aspects of your health — including mental health. While technology is often necessary for work and connecting with others, research suggests that spending time outdoors can benefit your body and mind in amazing ways.
Even if you get enough sleep, sometimes you might notice that your mind still isn’t functioning optimally. It’s often referred to as “mental fatigue.” Spending time in nature can give you the energy boost you’re looking for. One study even found that looking at photos of nature provided similar benefits.
Improving Short-Term Memory
Nature walks have been shown to increase short-term memory. In one University of Michigan study, a nature walk improved memory by almost 20% when compared to a walk in an urban area. In other studies, nature walks have even been shown to increase creativity.
Fighting Anxiety and Depression
There are numerous mental health benefits that stem from outdoor activity, but a decrease in anxiety and depression are just two examples. Being outdoors is especially helpful for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder, even on days when the weather is bad.
It’s been discovered that outdoor activity might protect eyes from developing nearsightedness, especially in children.
Your immune system is what protects your body from colds, flus and other infections. While research is still developing, it is thought that spending more time outside might reduce the likelihood of many serious medical conditions. For example, spending time in nature might stimulate your body to produce anti-cancer proteins. Spending time outdoors might also reduce inflammation throughout your body, which can lead to other serious ailments, and lower blood pressure.
We all have busy schedules, so sometimes it’s difficult to find time for outdoor activity. However, getting into the routine of spending more time outside can have numerous health benefits, many of which are still being discovered.
Here are some great ways to get your body moving while enjoying the outdoors:
- Hiking in nature
- Walking your dog
- Playing soccer with your children
- Doing yoga in your backyard
As you can see, there are options to fit anyone’s preferences and activity level. Just taking small steps everyday to increase the amount of time you spend outside can lead to a healthier life.
It’s no secret that hiking gear can get expensive! Learning how to preserve it is important if you want to get the most bang for your buck and have gear that both lasts and works at its full capacity. With a little maintenance and depending on how rough you are in your adventures- some of your gear can end up lasting for years on end and maybe even a lifetime. Here’s how you do it:
Buy Gear from a Reputable Brand With a Warranty
Branding does make a difference in the outdoor industry. When you’re frequently using your gear or wanting it to last it is best to invest in high-quality materials. A warranty will fix any problem you end up having with your gear; simply send it in to receive a new product! It’s easy, effective, and will save you money in the long run.
Don’t Push Your Gear Too Hard
Of course, we all get a little reckless here and there. But try to keep that to yourself and don’t wreak havoc on your precious gear. It is there to help you after all!
Clean Your Gear Regularly
Cleaning your gear – especially when it comes to hydration packs and water/food reservoirs- will drastically increase its lifespan. If you let food or liquids sit in your packs for too long, you might reach the point of no return – and as we all know, having to throw away good gear is never fun!
If you have a backpack on, try to minimize the time you spend sliding down rocky terrain. This can tear your pack to shreds and put you in a tough spot for the rest of the hike.
Watch Your Step, Preserve Your Shoes
When looking to preserve the health of your shoes it is best to avoid sharp rocks and roots as much as you can. Of course, you are in nature and your shoes are supposed to be built for the terrain but stepping with a little mindfulness can make the difference in your shoes lasting months versus years.
Invest in Seam Grip
Seam grip is like super glue. It can be used on your gear to help repair holes in clothes or sleeping mats, rips in tents, punctures in a water reservoir- you name it. It’s a tiny tube that will fit conveniently in your pack and could help you immensely during your trek.
Dedicate yourself to the preservation of your gear by following these tips. You won’t regret it!
About Dan Jey
Dan Jey is a real estate agent who lives in Corona, California and services the surrounding areas. Over the years while working in the real estate industry, Dan has discovered, one of the best ways to connect with clients is to leverage his passions. Clients are attracted to work with Dan due to his superior market knowledge. “Knowing the market” and delivering a one-of-kind buying or selling experience are two of his strengths. A few of Dan’s passions are hiking and outdoors, food and wine, and the sport of Cricket. In addition to connecting with clients on these interests, Dan finds the pursuit of these passions relaxing. Dan believes that it is important to make time for relaxation—especially when you are a busy professional. Taking the time to pursue his interests during his free time allows Dan to return to work more focused and ready to serve his clients.
One sport in particular that Dan Jey likes is cricket, which is the most popular sport in his native country of Sri Lanka. The sport is popular in many other South Asian regions & the Commonwealth nations such as England, Australia and South Africa as well. Although the game isn’t that popular in the United States, over the years Dan has met clients who enjoy watching the sport as much as he does. Dan particularly likes watching short form cricket.
Corona, California is a fantastic location for people like Dan Jey who like to get outdoors. The city itself features a number of green spaces that are perfect locations to spend time with the family. However, the real appeal of Corona is that it is centrally located to many outdoor destinations. Dan has enjoyed hiking since college. In fact, when he was an undergrad he visited many parts of the world and hiked a number of notable trails. More recently Dan would go on backpacking trips on Mount Baldy, also known as Mount San Antonio. However, due to his busy career now Dan tends to hike in areas that are closer to his home.
Since July 2014 Dan Jey has worked as a licensed realtor at Keller Williams, Corona. Dan has has achieved a great deal of success in a short span of time. For example, in 2015 he was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award by Keller Williams. Dan attributes his success to his tireless work ethic and his commitment to exceptional customer service. It’s not unusual for Dan to work 18 hour days or spend his entire weekend hosting open houses. However, Dan thoroughly enjoys the time that he puts into selling homes. Seeing a customer’s reaction when he or she finally gets the keys to a new home never fails to make him smile.
Many of Dan’s clients leave positive reviews on his Zillow account after working with him. Most reviewers note Dan’s honesty, positive attitude, and dedication as three of the reasons why they enjoyed working with him. Getting feedback from clients is very important to Dan. He strives to provide clients with the best experience, but he knows he’s not perfect. One of the best ways to improve future client experiences is to hear from past clients so that he can perfect his craft continually and earn to be his client’s trusted advisor.